Opioid Overdose Medication Naloxone Recalled Due To Presence Of Particulate Matter

FDA recalls Naloxone distributed nationwide

Naloxone Hydrochloride is an opioid antagonist.

Hospira ordered the recall after several vials were found with "loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger", which could result in a range of adverse events, ranging from mild to life-threatening, FDA said in a Safety Alert on Monday.

Users can inspect the Naloxone before it is administered to a person by looking for particulate matter near the syringe and looking for discoloration before it is administered.

The product, a syringe injection, was distributed to hospitals and institutions across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam between February 2017 to February 2018.

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US Food and Drug Administration.

Intra-nasal naloxone products, primarily prescribed for take-home administration in case of emergency, should not be affected by this recall.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, can reverse an opiate overdose, but it can wear off and victims must get medical attention afterward. Anyone who experiences a problem should report it to the FDA.

When administered, naloxone quickly can restore normal respiration to someone whose breathing has slowed or stopped due to opioid use.

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Hospira, Inc. has notified wholesalers, distributors, and hospitals to arrange for return of any recalled product.

People can survive an overdose, but it comes down to timing.

The recall is on lot numbers 72680LL and 76510LL. Nationwide, an estimated 60,000 people in the USA died from drug overdoses in 2016, more than gunshots or traffic accidents.

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